SPIRAL research centre - Université de Liège

Since its creation in 1995 at the University of Liege, SPIRAL developed a unique expertise in Belgium. The overall integrated research approach relies on many disciplines and competences, but focuses more specifically on interactions between (1) science, technology and society (STS) and Technology Assessment (TA), (2) risk and public policies analysis and evaluation (3) participatory methodologies (focus groups, scenario workshop, open-process workshop, citizen conferences, citizen panels, roundtables, Delphi, deliberative polls and hybrid forums). In these different contexts, in addition to classic quantitative techniques in human and social sciences, SPIRAL has focused on methodological and epistemological issues together with the development of software programmes in qualitative data collection and data analysis in social sciences.

SPIRAL has developed strong links with the Walloon Parliament since 2008, which materialized in the writing of numerous scientific or press articles on TA in and for Wallonia, the design and facilitation of a series of TA working lunches (i.e. ageing societies, cloud computing and data mining, sustainable consumption) with parliamentarians (2012-2014) or the organization of international conferences on TA and TA-related issues (i.e. health claims and nutrition, technologies of democracy) at the Walloon Parliament. In 2014, they contributed to the draft of a parliamentary decree that is currently under discussion with the Committee for Democratic Renewal and that aims to set up an "Walloon Institute for Sciences, Democracy and Society".

SPIRAL is an associate member since the end of 2015.

Address

SPIRAL
Université de Liège
Boulevard du Rectorat, 7
B-4000 Liège

Tel: +32 (0) 4 366 31 02
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Contact

Associate Director: Dr. Pierre Delvenne
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Analytical Department of the Russian Council of the Federation

 

The Council of the Federation is the upper Chamber of the Federal Assembly – the Parliament of the Russian Federation. It is formed with representatives of legislative and executive bodies of state authority of the Russian regions. There are 170 senators in the Council of the Federation.

The Analytical Department (AD) is a unit of the staff of the Council of the Federation; it executes analytical provision of Chamber and of Chamber´s leaders’ activity, including carrying out research work, analytical support of scientific and expert advisory councils subject to the Council of the Federation and its Chairperson. The main types of the Analytical Department’s analytical products are analytical reports and bulletins, information-analytical materials and inquiries.

In the branch of technology assessment the Analytical Department cooperates with institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, top-level Russian universities, leading Russian and foreign experts.

The AD is an associate member since the end of 2015.

Address

Analytical Department of the Staff of the Council of the Federation
Bolshaya Dmitrovka st., 26
103426, Moscow
Russia

Tel: +7 (495) 692-63-47
Fax. +7 (495) 692-57-03
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Head of the AD: Victor Krivov
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Group coordinator for cooperation with EPTA: Timur Semenov
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is an international organisation set up in 1949 and based in Strasbourg. Its main role is to strengthen democracy, human rights and the rule of law throughout its 47 member states. Its Parliamentary Assembly, made up of over 600 national parliamentarians, acts as a forum for examining a whole range of issues which are instrumental in shaping tomorrow’s societies.

The Parliamentary Assembly – and in particular the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media – provides a European-wide forum for parliamentarians to exchange views on the consequences for society of scientific and technological choices. It tackles the political aspects of the problems facing modern society as a result of scientific and technological development. It endeavours to make the authorities aware of the impact of scientific and technological decisions. It also aims to improve dialogue between political decision-makers and the scientific community.

Address

Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel: +33 3 88412373

 

Contact

Chairwoman of the Committee: Volodymyr Ariev

Head of the Culture and Sustainable Development Department:
Roberto Fasino
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Bureau of Research (BAS) of the Polish Sejm

The Bureau of Research (Biuro Analiz Sejmowych, BAS), established in 1991, is a parliamentary research unit which provides research and analytical support to the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament (the Sejm). BAS is an organizational unit of the Chancellery of the Sejm (Kancelaria Sejmu). The main task of BAS is to draft legal opinions, prepare independent reports and produce analyses upon request of individual MPs and parliamentary committees. BAS also conducts, on its own initiative, research projects and analyses on various topics relevant to the work of Parliament. This covers a broad spectrum of areas including constitutional and legal matters, EU legislation, social and economic issues and technology assessment. Most of BAS research is carried out by its own staff but some studies are commissioned to renowned external experts, think-tanks and Polish academic institutions.

For the purpose of encouraging public debate, BAS also produces a few publications covering subjects related to the current and forthcoming legislation and other matters of public concern. The Bureau publishes a series of short briefing notes ("Infos") containing concise 4-page analyses of current social and economic issues. Research reports are published in the quarterly "Studia BAS". BAS assists the Sejm and its committees by organising seminarars and conferences on a wide range of topics. Another role of the Bureau of Research is to monitor the consequences of current and future trends in technology development.

Address

Bureau of Research of the Chancellery of the Sejm
ul. Zagórna 3
00-441 Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 22 694 2762
Fax: +48 (22) 694 18 65

 

Contact

Deputy Director: Grzegorz Gołębiowski

EPTA contact: Miroslaw Sobolewski
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U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the ‘congressional watchdog’, GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO's Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering, within its Applied Research and Methods team, manages the permanent technology assessment program. GAO defines technology assessment as the thorough and balanced analysis of significant primary, indirect, and delayed interactions of a technological innovation with society, the environment, and the economy and the present and foreseen consequences and impacts of those interactions.

Address

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering
441 G. Street NW.
Washington D.C. 20548
Tel: (202) 512-6522
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Contact

Chief Scientist: Timothy M. Persons
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